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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
To the Shade of Thomson
Robert Burns (1759–1796)
WHILE virgin Spring, by Eden’s flood,
  Unfolds her tender mantle green,
Or pranks the sod in frolic mood,
  Or tunes Æolian strains between;
While Summer with a matron grace        5
  Retreats to Dryburgh’s cooling shade,
Yet oft, delighted, stops to trace
  The progress of the spiky blade;
While Autumn, benefactor kind,
  By Tweed erects his aged head,        10
And sees, with self-approving mind,
  Each creature on his bounty fed;
While maniac Winter rages o’er
  The hills whence classic Yarrow flows,
Rousing the turbid torrent’s roar,        15
  Or sweeping, wild, a waste of snows,—
So long, sweet Poet of the year,
  Shall bloom that wreath thou well hast won;
While Scotia, with exulting tear,
  Proclaims that Thomson was her son.        20

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